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14 July 2011
By m3jimphoto
July 14, 2011

Down in Monterey

I  learned so much from Jim about the dark and the light sides of life, living in the moment, taking advantage of what the world presents to you.  Just being in his orbit, I saw how instinctual choices can make all the difference and how one never knows where the next person you meet in life will take you.

Nowhere is Jim’s approach to work and life more evident, in my opinion, than in the way he chose to document the myriad festivals, across all major musical genres, of the ’60s and early ’70s.

While the precise number of people who came will never be known, total attendance for the 3-day event was estimated at 200,000 with a peak of 90,000 on Saturday night.

7 July 2011
By m3jimphoto
July 7, 2011

A Festival of Riches

Summer here in the SF Bay Area has finally kicked in full time, meaning we have days that start out foggy and 50 degrees and end up 90 degrees … mercurial, you might say, just like Jim.  It’s got us here at Jim Marshall Photography LLC thinking about road trips, cold ones, food trucks and, primarily, kickass music festivals.

Searching Jim’s archives using “music festivals” as the filter is at once exhilarating and overwhelming.  From 1960 to the early ’70s Jim seemed to never stop shooting.

He must have been a blur of non-flashing Leicas, using 35mm film and a handful of fixed lenses (more often than not for the off-stage stuff a 50mm lens) to seemingly be everywhere, perfectly positioned, all the time, snapping one great moment after another.

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15 June 2011
By m3jimphoto
June 15, 2011

The Day the Earth Stood Still

When I met Jim in March of 1984, he was down on his luck, to say the least. Instead of a Spitfire or Jaguar, Jim was driving “Truck,” a venerable (dare I say beat to hell) ’60s era Ford Ranchero. Jim was very loyal to that car/truck hybrid, especially because he could get commercial plates allowing him to park in yellow loading zones in San Francisco’s notoriously impossible to park in commercial areas during the workday.

8 June 2011
By m3jimphoto
June 8, 2011

Jim Liked to Go Fast

There was an integral part of Jim that always liked fast things and things that made his heart race, whether it was cars, guns, women, music, drugs.  But maybe it started innocently enough back when he discovered he was an above-average runner – he was a miler in high school and told me that, for a time, he held the record for the mile in the Air Force.

In fact, he has said many times that the first time he took serious note of a photographer (not just obsessing about the cameras, but the act of using them to document the decisive moment) was when a photographer shot him at the finish line, winning one of his high school track meets.

2 June 2011
By m3jimphoto
June 2, 2011

Jim Loved Cars

The tagline on the Jim Marshall Photography LLC website and blog is Cars, Guns and Cameras … and there is a reason Jim always listed cars first.  In my opinion these fast, sleek beauties were the true love of Jim’s life.  Even though he was cutting out pictures of cameras and pasting them into scrapbooks at the age of 6 or 7, I think cars – the mechanical qualities, and especially the power and simple, elegant, loud-assed danger of hot rods – blew right past cameras as an object of his obsessive affection. And, as this blog follows immediately on the heels of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and with the 79th Le Mans 24 Hour Race slated for June 11-12, we thought this month was the right time to focus on this lesser known side of Jim’s love life.

24 May 2011
By m3jimphoto
May 24, 2011

Happy 70th Birthday, Bob!

Bob Dylan was born in Hibbing, MN 70 years ago today.  I’m listening right now to one of Jim’s favorite Dylan album’s “Blood on the Tracks,” specifically “Tangled Up in Blue,” Jim's favorite song on the album, and now one of mine.

Back in the day, Jim did a credible Dylan impersonation (how could he not with that big ole snozz, though he did have to pinch it shut tight to get just the right nasality) and was one of the first to help me understand Dylan was much, much more than just a poet who couldn't sing and wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Like a Rolling Stone.”  Thank goodness.

18 May 2011
By m3jimphoto
May 18, 2011

A Coat So Warm

Perhaps it’s the unseasonable cold we’ve been having lately here in the SF Bay Area, or perhaps it’s all this talk of Dylan and Baez and love and NYC in 1963, but I’ve been thinking a lot about Jim and staying warm and new beginnings.  The early ’60s was a more innocent time for Jim and Dylan. They were both full of boundless energy, promise and ambition, just beginning to do great things, dreaming of spotlights.  It was the time before fame and infamy; 1963 was also the year I was born.

11 May 2011
By m3jimphoto
May 11, 2011

Bob Dylan, Joan Baez … and Jim

You can’t talk about Bob Dylan’s early career without acknowledging Joan Baez’ catalytic effect on his work, his outlook and his emotions.  They met at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village in 1961 when Baez (Joanie as Jim called her) was on tour.  The 20-year-old Baez was already a big star on the folk scene; Dylan, the same age, was just a compelling wannabe.

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